Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 22, Issue 9, pp 1343–1349 | Cite as

Prevalence and implications of multiple cancer screening needs among Hispanic community health center patients

  • Karen M. Emmons
  • Dean Cleghorn
  • Trinidad Tellez
  • Mary L. Greaney
  • Kim M. Sprunck
  • Roshan Bastani
  • Tracy Battaglia
  • James S. Michaelson
  • Elaine Puleo
Original paper



To examine adherence rates for multiple cancer screening tests, which will inform prevention efforts in community health centers (CHCs).


We report on the prevalence of screening for multiple cancers (cervical, breast and colorectal) among 43,000 patients who are predominantly Hispanic, in four CHC sites that share an integrated electronic medical record.


Among the 20,057 patients eligible for at least one test, 43% of the population was current on all screening targets; 15,887 additional screening tests were needed among 11,526 individuals.


Expanding use of health information technology in community health centers provides an opportunity to create an electronic infrastructure for addressing multiple screening needs from a patient-centered perspective.


Cancer screening Low income Community health centers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen M. Emmons
    • 1
  • Dean Cleghorn
    • 2
  • Trinidad Tellez
    • 2
  • Mary L. Greaney
    • 3
  • Kim M. Sprunck
    • 3
  • Roshan Bastani
    • 4
  • Tracy Battaglia
    • 5
    • 6
  • James S. Michaelson
    • 7
  • Elaine Puleo
    • 8
  1. 1.Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteCenter for Community-Based ResearchBostonUSA
  2. 2.Greater Lawrence Family Health CenterLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.Medical Oncology DepartmentDana-Farber Cancer InstituteBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Health ServicesUCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Women’s Health Unit, Section of General Internal Medicine, Evans Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center and Women’s Health Interdisciplinary Research CenterBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  6. 6.Department of MedicineBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  7. 7.Pathology DepartmentMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  8. 8.School of Public Health, Department of Public Health, BiostatsUniversity of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherstUSA

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